Having recently returned from four months living in Tanzania volunteering with a Duke University supported HIV/AIDS research foundation; I was pleased to read your editorial calling for U.S. support of upcoming Global Fund replenishment goals ( “A bipartisan success” Nov. 13).
Tanzania is the second largest recipient of Global Fund grants. These monies have allowed the country to scale up antiretroviral treatment services to reach 660,000 people by 2015 and to provide 96 percent of pregnant women with HIV/AIDS testing and counseling as well. Separate monies have helped establish an insecticide-treated mosquito net voucher-purchasing program that has significantly reduced infant malaria mortality rates.
Due to the Global Fund similar success stories are common through many other African countries. Without continued funding momentum, HIV/AIDS, Malaria and TB infection rates could quickly increase. With increased funding however, the diseases themselves could hopefully be eradicated completely.
North Carolina remains a research-driven leader in addressing global health issues. The fact that Sens. Kay Hagan and Richard Burr are united behind this effort bodes well for the image of our state and will hopefully influence other Washington decisionmakers to vote in favor of Global Fund goals. The residents of the developing world would surely thank them.